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Churches – Ending of exception from registration with the Charity Commission

By Kevin Russell | 14 October 2020

As many of you will know, the current ‘Exception from Registration Regulations’ that mean that some churches are not legally required to register as a charity with the Charity Commission. These regulations are due to come to an end on 31 March 2021. In general, churches are legally required to register with the Charity Commission when their gross income exceeds £5,000 unless they fall within the excepting regulations, in which case, the gross income limit is increased to £100,000.


There may not be trouble ahead (after all)

By Kevin Russell | 21 September 2020

In our previous article (entitled There may be trouble ahead!), we outlined the evolving story of HMRC’s Trust Registration Service (TRS) and whether or not charities would be required to register with the Service. Penalties will apply for non-compliance so it is important for trustees to understand their obligations.


Probably No Trouble Ahead. But...

By Kevin Russell | 24 March 2020

Our previous article, ‘There may be Trouble Ahead!, alerted churches and charities to the possibility of having to register with HMRC as part of the ‘Trusts Registration Service’ (TRS).

This comes about as a result of implementation of the 5th Money Laundering Directive (5MLD).


There may be trouble ahead!

By Kevin Russell | 25 September 2019 | Comments (5)


When Irving Berlin penned these lyrics, he wasn’t thinking about the burden about to be placed on all UK charity trustees. But the words are strangely appropriate to changes due in a little over 18 months’ time! 


Three Key Updates To Gift Aid - June 2019

By Kevin Russell | 17 June 2019 | Comments (3)

This month we bring you three key updates to Gift Aid, including an increase in the individual gift limit for the Gift Aid small donations scheme (GASDS), new HMRC preferences on names, and a reminder about church finances/taxes being a team sport. 


Share 37: Extra Resources

By Kevin Russell | 6 November 2017

We have put together a selection of resources to help you succeed in your Gift Aid endeavours, including HMRC’s model Gift Aid Declarations, and guidance on the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme; tax relief for higher earners; time limits for claiming Gift Aid; errors and pitfalls in handling donations, and more.


Share 35: extra content

By Kevin Russell | 1 March 2017

Legal and Financial Roundup - Share Issue 35 Extra Content

In this quarter's edition of Share Magazine, we referenced the following articles, blogs and briefing papers:


What makes for a good mortgage application?

By Kevin Russell | 22 February 2017

Making a successful mortgage application - A blog from Stewardship

Stewardship has over 25 years’ experience of mortgage lending to Christian churches and charities, our experience of the quality and clarity of applications is variable from exceptional to most lacking. In this blog, we explore four main themes that applicants should consider...


To pay or not to pay? VAT is the question!

By Kevin Russell | 22 February 2017

To pay or not to pay? VAT is the question! - A blog from Stewardship

At Stewardship, we are often asked questions like “Should our church register for VAT” or “Can our church reclaim VAT”. This blog focuses on one area that many churches needlessly pay VAT – when renting premises for church activities.


Have you paid enough tax to 'cover' your Gift Aid donations?

By Kevin Russell | 15 February 2017 | Comments (41)

Have you paid enough tax to 'cover' your Gift Aid donations - a blog from stewardship

HMRC are very keen to ensure that Gift Aid donors are paying enough tax. In recent times, they have come under pressure from the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee to take steps to reduce the amount of Gift Aid incorrectly claimed.